At least 60,000 hectares of banana plantations in Ntungamo District have been attacked by a deadly disease. Fruit peel disease, which affects banana fruit, changing its colour from green to brown, was first reported in Rweikiniro Sub-county in January. However, it has since spread to sub-counties of Ntungamo, Nyakyera, Rwentobo and Rukoni East, and three divisions of Ntungamo Municipality.
It's enough motivation for 10 beekeepers in Fort Portal to increase their investments, employing around 50 young people to collect the venom. Ugandan people are tapping into the increasing global demand for an unusual new product, as they have come up with an innovative way to earn some extra income.
The Sum-Africa project, which is providing smallholder farmers in Uganda with satellite-based drought index insurance, has set higher targets for 2019. The project, which is supported by the G4AW program of Netherlands Space Office (NSO) targets smallholder farmers who are increasingly becoming vulnerable to risks associated with changing weather patterns.
The National Development Plan (NDP) acknowledges the potential of agro-processing-adding value to agricultural products to create better paying off-farm jobs, improve food security, increase incomes, poverty alleviation and also attain the long term vision to become a middle income country. For successful implementation of this agenda, agricultural production becomes critical to ensure consistent supply of agro-based raw materials required by agro-processing industries.
At least two out of every ten cows in Kaabong district are infected with Nagana, a disease caused by tsetse flies. The new findings follow an infestation of tsetse flies in the district. Dr. Branda Logwe, the Kaabong District Veterinary Officer, says the Tsetse flies spread to the district from the sub counties neighboring Kidepo National Game Park. He says the flies spread to the district through wildlife animals that have been straying from the game park.
As vanilla prices continue to soar in Sironko and surrounding districts in Bugisu Sub-region, farmers are reeling in frustration due to rampant theft. The farmers have now resorted to hiring security guards, each at Shs300,000 per month to protect their gardens Farmers say because of the soaring vanilla prices, thieves harvest immature beans. Currently, a kilogramme of vanilla costs Shs300,000, up from Shs200,000 last year.
A swarm of strange green worms are ravaging hundreds of potato gardens in the districts of Bukedea and Kumi, leaving the sweet food crop with a bitter rather than its known sweet taste. Farmers say they first saw the worms three weeks ago. They have since eaten up all the potato leaves and are now turning to the potato tubers in the areas of Kolir, Malera, Aloet, Kachumbala, Kidogole, Kamutur and Kanyum, Ongino, and Aterai in Kumi district.
Uganda’s agriculture sector has been associated with many risks – unstable prices, drought, pests and diseases – thus hampering its growth. This prompted the government to unveil a Shs5bn Agriculture Insurance Premium Subsidy Scheme last year for an initial five-year period in partnership with a consortium of 10 insurance firms.
A slow sensitisation drive is affecting uptake of agricultural insurance in Uganda, the Agro Consortium has revealed. Sensitisation is our challenge because we lack the kind of resources we need to do mass awareness. What we have done so far has been funded by the government but it is not enough," Agro Consortium technical manager Muntaradzi Daka, told journalists early this week at Uganda Insurers' Association (UIA) offices in Kampala.
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